Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Operculina turpethum

Botanical name : Operculina turpethum (Linn.) Silva Manso
Family : Convolvulaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Trivrut, Tribhandi, Rechani, Suvaha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Turpeth, Indian Rhubarb, Indian jalap
Hindi : Nishoth, Tarbut
Malayalam : Trikolpakonna, Triputa, Sivata

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial twinner grows spreading over small shrubs, hedges etc. leaves simple, variable in shape, acute, base cordate; flowers white tubular, found in axillary cymes. Fruits globose capsule contain 4 seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, constipation, ascites, myalgia, arthritis, inflammation, fever, pruritus, skin diseases, hemorrhoids, jaundice and tumors.
Useful part : Root.

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